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UGC NET June Notification 2024 Out – Download PDF

Topics Covered: UGC NET Exam Overview, UGC NET December Exam Updates, 2024 Notification & Exam Dates, Job Profile, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips, Mock Tests & Books, Free Study Material, Admit Card, Previous Year Question Papers, Cut Off (JRF & AP), NTA UGC NET Exam Dates Announced, Exam Analysis, Result.

UGC NET, i.e., National Eligibility Test, is conducted every year by National Testing Agency (NTA), to determine the potential candidates for the esteemed Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and the post of Assistant Professors in central universities and colleges.  

The exam though is complex and subject – oriented, yet it is aspired by more than a million candidates every year.  

And, having gone through the aspirant phase and tasted success in this exam, I know what UGC NET demands and what it will take for an aspirant to prepare for the exam efficiently.  

However, there is no brief way to explain the entire process of the exam, moreover, introducing you to the whole spectrum of UGC NET at once will be detrimental to your progress. Hence, I will bring forward every aspect of the exam in a step-by-step manner.  

So, if you are one of the aspirants, or are unsure and seeking details about the examination, then you are at the right place  

Heads Up! The following information is crucial for you to inculcate. Get ready for a pleasant drive, known as the UGC NET.  

The candidates for an exam are usually advised to know thoroughly about crucial aspects of the exam process before they begin their preparation and the case for UGC NET is no different!  

Since preparing for competitive examination like UGC NET requires you to get hold of all the important information related to exam.   

To help you with that, I will be discussing in detail everything about UGC NET exam which includes talking about – UGC NET latest updates, full form, exam overview, notification, exam dates, job profile, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, etc.

So, let’s not wait any further to begin the section! 

Table of Content – UGC NET JRF Complete Info

UGC NET Exam Basic Information
Exam NameNational Eligibility Test also known as UGC NET
Administering BodyNational Testing Agency (NTA)
Award on Qualifying ExamCertificate of Junior Research Fellowship & Assistant Professor
Mode of ConductOnline Examination
Application FeesGeneral- Rs. 1150/-
OBC/EWS- Rs. 600/-/-
SC/ST/Third Gender - Rs 325/-
Selection Process1 Exam Comprising Paper 1 and Paper 2
Year Started1989-90
Frequency of ExamTwice a Year
Exam PurposeDetermining Eligibility for Posts of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship
Score Validity3 years for JRF
Lifetime for AP
Exam Duration180 Minutes
Score Range0-100 for Paper 1
0-200 for Paper 2
UGC Official Websiteugcnet.nta.nic.in

UGC NET June 2024 Exam Updates

In the section below, I have mentioned the important events for UGC NET June 2024 exam.  

  • 14th May 2024- The UGC NET application process has been extended till 15th May 2024. 
  • 20th April 2024 – The notification for UGC NET June 2024 has been released. The online application process for the exam has begun from the same date itself and will continue till 10th May 2024. The exam for UGC NET June 2024 will be held on 16th June 2024.

    UGC NET Full Form

    The full form of NTA is National Testing Agency which conducts nationwide examination on behalf of the UGC which refers to the University Grants Commission. 

    The NET exam which is known as National Eligibility Test is held for the recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor or award JRF which means Junior Research Fellowship to selected candidates.

    NTA UGC NET 2024 Exam Overview

    The UGC (University Grants Commission) was established in 1956 as a statutory body by the Indian Government.   

    On behalf of the UGC, the National Testing Agency (NTA) holds an examination on a national level which is known as the National Eligibility Test (NET) or the UGC NET.

    For Paper 2, the candidate must choose the subject of his/her post- graduation and the subject list for UGC NET Paper 2 includes 83 subjects.   

    It is usually held twice in a year (June & December Cycles)  

    The purpose of this exam is to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Assistant Professor (AP) &/or award the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).   

    Talking about the JRF, it is a letter awarded to those candidates who have secured marks greater/equal to the JRF cut-offs in their NTA NET in their respective subjects.  

    The JRF letter is a bearer document through which you’ll be able to avail yourself of a scholarship while pursuing M.Phil./Ph.D.   

    With the introduction over, let’s know further details regarding UGC NET 2024. 

    UGC NET June 2024 Notification

    Latest Update: The exam for UGC NET which was earlier scheduled to commence on 16th June 2024, has now been postponed to 18th June 2024. 

    The notification for UGC NET June 2024 had released on 20th April 2024.

    The online application process for the exam has begun on the same date itself, i.e., 20th April 2024 and will continue till 10th May 2024. 

    The online correction window for candidates to make changes in the UGC NET application form will be available from 13th May 2024 to 15th May 2024.  ‘

    The admit card for UGC NET June 2024 exam is expected to be released 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the exam, i.e., in month of May 2024. 

    NTA UGC NET 2024 Exam Dates

    Now, to give you an overview of the UGC NET December 2024 exam dates, I have provided a table for you below. 

    UGC NET June 2024 Exam EventsExam Dates
    Commencement of UGC NET Online Application Form20th April 2024
    Last date to submit the Form10th May 2024 (upto 11:50 P.M)
    Last date of Fee Submission11th to 12th May 2024 (upto 11:50 P.M)
    Correction in Particulars of Application form13th to 15th May 2024 (upto 11:50 P.M)
    Announcement of City of Exam CentreTBA
    Centre, Date and ShiftAs indicated on Admit Card
    Downloading of NTA UGC NET Admit CardTBA
    UGC NET Exam Dates18th June 2024
    Availability of Final Answer KeyTBA
    Declaration of Result & CutoffTBA

    UGC NET 2023 Notification

    Latest Update: – The exam date for UGC NET Commerce subject is scheduled on 7th December 2023 and UGC NET Management exam to take place on 13th December 2023.   

    The notification for UGC NET December 2023 has been declared on 30th September 2023 on the official website of NTA. The application process has started on the same day and continued till 31st October 2023. The link to download the UGC NET December 2023 notification PDF is attached here.    

    Initially, the UGC NET for December Cycle 2023 was scheduled to take place between 06th December 2023 to 22nd December 2023.   

    However, as per the revised schedule, the UGC NET exam was to be held from 6th December 2023 till 14th December 2023. 

    The UGC NET examination is conducted twice in a year, usually in the month of June and December.

    *TBA – To Be Announced 

    The timings of the examination are: 

    • First Shift: 09:00 am – 12:00 pm 
    • Second Shift: 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm 

    Note: Reach the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam. 

    Now, that I have provided you with detailed information regarding UGC NET exam date 2023, let us now look at the UGC NET job profile.

    UGC NET Job Profile

    Now coming to the topic you’ve all been secretly waiting for. 

    When you choose an exam as difficult as the NTA UGC NET (even more when you’re targeting JRF), it’s obvious to say that you had a picture of your job in your head before applying for the exam.

    So, let me start by saying that if you manage to qualify for the NTA NET exam, your scope will lie mostly in jobs that are considered mostly academic and/or research-oriented in nature.

    After clearing the UGC NET exam, the selected candidates can choose any one out of the following career options: 

    • Assistant Professor – You can teach as an assistant professor in any private or government university.  
    • Researcher – You can pursue research in your field or subject of interest. 

    Having said that, I’d also like to inform you that after qualifying for the NTA NET, you can also apply for jobs at several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) that accept the NET qualification score in their selection process. 

    You can read more details of the UGC NET Job Profile and Salary here.

    UGC NET Eligibility Criteria 2024

    Talking about the eligibility criteria for UGC NET 2024, we will discuss about latest eligibility requirements for the same in the section below.   

    Before we begin you should note that the UGC NET exam can only be taken by Indian nationals. 

    1) Age Limit

    For JRF, your age should not be more than 30 years as on 01st June 2024. 

    Your age should be less than 31 years on the first date of the month in which the UGC NET JRF Exam registration process would be concluded i.e., 01.06.2024 (This is applicable for the current examination only).  

    However, there is no Age Limit for Assistant Professorship (AP).

    2) Educational Qualification for UGC NET (General) 

    The educational requirements for UGC NET exam 2024 are as follows:  

    • The candidates must secure a minimum of 55% marks in their Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/ institutions recognized by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Science, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science, etc.    
    • If you are a candidate from SC/ST/OBC/PWD/transgender category, then the minimum score to be obtained is 50% marks.   

    To know about the updated UGC NET Eligibility 2024 in detail, check the age limit and educational qualifications. 

    UGC NET Application Form 2024

    Latest Update: – The online registration process for UGC NET June 2024 has started on 20th April 2024 along with the release of notification and will continue till 10th May 2024.  

    The correction window to make changes in the online UGC NET June 2024 application form will be activated from 13th May 2024 till 15th May 2024.  

    As per the notification, the UGC NET June 2024 will be conducted on 16th June 2024.  

    An important point for aspirants to note here is that the UGC NET application process takes place in online mode only.  

    Though the process to apply online for the UGC NET examination is made quite easy, it is important to be careful while filling the application form to avoid confusion.  

    If you planning to appear for UGC NET, then you can check how to apply online for the UGC NET JRF exam to ensure successful application for the same.  

    UGC NET Syllabus 2024

    If you are preparing for the UGC NET 2024 exam, then going through the syllabus is a must. I have explained in detail the latest syllabus for UGC NET 2024. Therefore, you can access the syllabus right away and start with your NTA NET exam preparation.   

    The syllabus for UGC NET comprises of two papers:  

    • Paper 1   
    • Paper 2  

    The Paper 1 is a general paper and will be common for all candidates and will contain questions from general topics such as Research Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, Communication, People and Environment, Higher Education, Arithmetic Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Teaching Aptitude, ICT, and Indian Logic.   

    While Paper 2 is unique for every subject, meaning that paper 2 for each subject would differ from one another. As for Paper 2, it shall have questions specific to the subject chosen by the candidate.  

    You can take a look at the detailed UGC NET 2024 Syllabus for Paper 1 & 2

    UGC NET 2024 Exam Pattern

    Knowing the exam pattern well is important if you are targeting to crack the UGC NET 2024.

    As previously mentioned above, The UGC NET exam comprises two papers. The first is a common/general paper, and the second is a subject-specific paper. 

    The time duration allotted to complete both the papers is 3 hours, meaning that there is no break between the two papers. Both the papers are of total 300 marks.  

    As the marking scheme goes, there is no provision of negative marking in both the papers.  

    Therefore, both the papers differ in their respective exam patterns: 

    • Paper 1 – It is same for all candidates and contains 50 questions for total 100 marks  
    • Paper 2 –It is subject specific with 100 questions for total 200 marks
    UGC NET JRF Exam Pattern - Phase 1 & Phase 2

    Both the papers are objective in character. I am sure the images above have given you a brief idea, know more about the UGC NET Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exam Pattern here.

    UGC NET 2024 Preparation Tips

    Since the overall level of the UGC NET exam is slightly tougher when compared with other teaching examinations, having a proper study program in place whilst preparing will help you assess your readiness for the exam.  

    Also, with NTA having entered the scene, the nature of the examination is made even more conceptual. Therefore, you can boost your preparation with our UGC NET Online Coaching.  

    Having an efficient overall strategy and a sectional strategy for this exam will eventually help you to score better. 

     You can read more about the best preparation strategy for UGC NET exam here.

    Preparation Tips for UGC NET JRF

    UGC NET 2024 Booklist

    To effectively prepare for UGC NET 2024 exam, it is important for aspirants to have a concise booklist.   

    Okay, so from the very start, let me inform you that reading from the right books would be essential for your preparation, also, along with reading from the right books you’d need to solve the various mock tests that are available for the NTA NET exam.   

    Now, when I say right books, there are several books in the market that shall help you prepare for the UGC NET in the most consolidated and efficient manner. Some of the books recommended for UGC NET 2024 are as follows: 

    • UGC NET/SET General Paper 1 – 2020 Edition by Trueman    
    • UGC NET/JRF/SET General Paper 1 – Teaching & Research Aptitude by Arihant Publication    
    • NTA UGC NET/SET/JRF Paper 1 – Teaching and Research Aptitude by KVS Madaan (Pearson Education)  

     To access the complete booklist, I have suggested a list of the most relevant books here.

    UGC NET 2024 Mock Tests

    Talking about Mock tests, having a preparation strategy would not be effective without practicing mock tests.  

    For thorough preparation, mock tests give you an insight into the type of questions that are asked in the NTA NET exam. 

    There are many benefits of practicing mock tests, some of these include: 

    • Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus. 
    • Modelled on the latest exam pattern.  
    • Assess your speed and accuracy. 
    • Analyze your strengths and weaknesses.  

    Now, to summarize the section, I’d say that the best preparation strategy for the UGC NET would be one where you can ensure rigorous practice through mock tests.   

    To get an idea of the latest exam pattern, you can access the free UGC NET Paper 1 and Commerce & Management.

    UGC NET Free Study Material

    To prepare well for the UGC NET 2024 exam, you must check the free study material for both UGC NET Paper 1 & Paper 2 which has been provided below.  

    For comprehensive understanding of all topics which are given under Paper 1 syllabus, you can go through the UGC NET Paper 1 Free Material which I have compiled.  

    Talking about Paper 2 subjects, it is important to have concise notes and reliable study material to cover all the topics from syllabus. 

    If you have Commerce or Management as your subjects for Paper 2, then you can examine UGC NET Commerce and Management Free Material designed as per the latest pattern.

    UGC NET 2024 Admit Card

    Latest update: While the notification for UGC NET June 2024 exam cycle has been out on 20th April 2024, the admit card for the same is expected to be announced 10 – 15 days prior to the exam which will be held on 16th June 2024. 

    Previously, for UGC NET December cycle 2023, the admit card for management is out on 08th December 2023 for the exams scheduled on 13th December 2023.    

    The UGC NET December 2023 admit card for Commerce subject has been released on 04th December 2023.  

    The admit card is an extremely important document that you’d have to carry to your exam hall, without which you wouldn’t be granted entry. 

    That said, the admit card for NTA NET contains important details such as candidate’s name, application number, subject name, date of exam, exam centre, important instructions, exam timings.   

    Check all the important details related to the UGC NET Admit Card and the steps to download it. 

    UGC NET Previous Year Question Papers

    If you are aiming to be exam ready for UGC NET 2024, then practicing previous year papers is extremely essential.   

    You can follow these steps mentioned below to effectively practice past year papers: 

    • Before you begin your preparation, you can randomly select any previous year paper to solve. This way, you will be able to spot your weaknesses sooner.  
    • After having done so, you can go on to solve another previous year paper to eradicate your weak areas by analyzing them.   
    • Carry on with this process until you eliminate all your weak areas.  

    In the blog linked below, we have provided past year papers with a detailed solution.   

    You can go through the Past Year Question Papers of NTA UGC NET (2009 – 2023)

    UGC NET Cut Off 2023

    Latest Update: The cutoff for UGC NET December 2023 has been officially declared on its website on 19th January 2024 for the exam which was held from 06th December 2023 – 14th December 2023.  

    Previously, the official cut off for UGC NET June 2023 has been declared on 25th July 2023. 

    The UGC NET 2023 Cut off is a subject that becomes relevant after the culmination of the exam. Thus, at this stage when the notification hasn’t been released it is no point in discussing this subject. However, to get a perspective about the NET Cutoff and its dates, you can go through the following information.  

    Also, to give an idea of the NTA NET June 2023 cutoff for the papers of Commerce and Management, I have listed the table below:

    SubjectCategoryAssistant ProfessorJRF & Assistant Professor
    Cutoff PercentileTotalCutoff PercentileTotal
    OBC (NCL)14290917061
    SubjectCategoryAssistant ProfessorJRF & Assistant Professor
    Cutoff MarksTotalCutoff MarksTotal
    OBC (NCL)15437118423

    UGC NET Result

    Latest Update: The result for UGC NET December 2023 has been released on 19th January 2024 on the official website. The UGC NET December 2023 exam took place from 6th December 2023 till 14th December 2023.   

    You can click here to know more on UGC NET result and the steps to check it.   

    Before NTA announces the UGC NET result, it releases the provisional answer key and also opens a brief window with an option to challenge the answer key.   

    This year though certain changes have been made. This year the NTA UGC released the final answer key along with final result.  

    As aspiring candidates, you must know details about the UGC NET answer key and the process to challenge them 

    UGC NET Answer key & E – certificate

    After the commencement of UGC NET exam, a provisional and a final answer key is declared by the UGC, which is called as UGC NET Answer- key.  

    The provisional answer keys along with the marked responses, and question papers is released for candidates to match their answer they had written to that to the answers marked in provisional – answer key. 

    If you want to know more on how to challenge UGC NET Answer- key, you can go through the same.   

    Now talking about another important factor, i.e., e- certificate which is awarded to the candidates after clearing UGC NET, who qualify for the post of Assistant Professor.   

    While, if you manage to score marks which meet JRF cutoff, then you shall be entitled to receive JRF award letter.  

    You can click to know more about the steps to download the UGC NET E- certificate & JRF.

    UGC NET Exam Centre

    Selection of exam centre must be done carefully by the applicants for UGC NET examination, as it is the exam centre which is mentioned in the admit card that the candidate must appear to sit for the exam.   

    To begin with, the NTA provides an opportunity for the candidates to choose their preference for the exam centre.  

    Once affirmed in the admit card which is released 3-4 days prior to the exam, there is no provision to change the exam venue.    

    To get an idea on the exam centres allotted for UGC NET, you can take a look at the detailed list of exam centres  provided here.


    To conclude, I have discussed all the important aspects related to the UGC NET exam, which include the UGC NET full form, exam overview, notification, exam dates, syllabus, exam pattern, job profile, and salary.

    This will help you to prioritize your preparation accordingly. Knowing all these details will help you understand the exam in a more comprehensive manner. 

    All the best and stay motivated!! 

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    FAQs: UGC NET Complete Info

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      What is JRF in the UGC NET exam?

      The full form of JRF is Junior Research Fellowship. 

      Basically, the JRF holders are the creme de la creme of all those who qualify for the UGC NET exams, which constitutes a very less percentage of the total qualifiers. The JRF letter/e-Certificate signifies that a JRF holder can avail of the scholarship while pursuing M.Phil./Ph.D. 

      The intention behind the JRF is to inspire NET JRF qualified students to pursue M.Phil./Ph.D. in their area of interest. NTA declares two cut offs – one for clearing NET (which makes you eligible to apply for Assistant Professorship) and the other one (higher of the two) for JRF. The E-Certificate/score is valid for 3 years whereas the NET score is valid for the lifetime. 

      The JRFs are entitled to some special benefits that separate them from normal NET qualifiers. 

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      What is the stipend after qualifying the UGC NET JRF?

      After qualifying JRF, you will be eligible for stipend of approximately 31000 INR per month (for the first 2 years) if you pursue a Ph.D. or M.Phil. from a UGC NET approved university.

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      Is UGC NET and JRF the same? 

      Let me say straight off the bat that the exam for qualifying both is the same. However, there are a few differences pertaining to the benefits and the cut off. Let me elaborate. 

      When the UGC NET JRF results are released, then there are two cut offs declared, one for the UGC NET and the other for the UGC NET JRF. The JRF cut off is slightly higher than the other cut off. Those who clear the JRF cut off become JRF qualifiers and those who manage to clear the UGC NET cut off but not the UGC NET JRF cut off become eligible for Assistant Professor. 

      The next difference is that the score of NET is valid for a lifetime whereas the score of JRF is valid only for 3 years. The JRF qualification entitles you to a host of other benefits which I have answered in the question pertaining to the ‘benefits of NET JRF’ in this blog. 

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      What are the benefits of NET JRF? 

      Being a NET JRF qualifier myself, I think I can answer this question better than most. 

      You see, the UGC NET exam gives you an opportunity to foray into the field of academics and research by making you eligible for a post of an assistant professor, or a Junior Research Fellow (JRF), or both. In the case of the assistant professor post, you only need to score above the cut offs in the exam to become eligible for it. 

      However, to be eligible for the JRF post, you’d need to clear the exam with high marks. Being a JRF will entitle you to a scholarship of 31000 INR per month for the first 2 years and 35000 INR per month for the remaining tenure after that. Sweet, isn’t it? So, I’d urge you to put in the extra effort, ace your UGC NET, and become a JRF. 

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      For how many subjects is the UGC NET Exam conducted? 

      The UGC NET exam is a series of exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for 83 different subjects including Management, Philosophy, Electronic Science, Yoga, and many others. Most of the subjects belong to non-science streams like Humanities, Management, Arts, etc. The latest addition in the UGC NET subject list is Hindu Studies and Indian Knowledge System.

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      How many times is UGC NET conducted in a year? 

      The UGC NET is held twice every year i.e., once in June and once in December.

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      What is the full form of UGC NET?
      • UGC stands for University Grant Commission. It was established on 28th December 1953 by the Government of India and became a statutory body under the UGC Act in 1956.  
      • The National Testing Agency on behalf of UGC conducts the exam for NET.  
      • NET stands for National Eligibility Test which is conducted with the primary aim of determining the eligibility for the posts of Assistant Professor (AP) & Junior Research Fellowship Award (JRF) in universities and colleges in India.  
      • You can read more about the NET exam here.
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      Is UGC NET December 2023 notification out?  

      The official notification for UGC NET December 2023 has been released on 30th September 2023 and the exam was scheduled from 06th December 2023 to 22nd December 2023. However, as per the revised exam schedule, the UGC NET 2023 December cycle will be held from 06th December 2023 to 14th December 2023.

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      What is the difference between CSIR NET and UGC NET?
      One of the major differences between CSIR NET and UGC NET is that while the exam for CSIR NET is held for the selection of candidates with educational background in the fields of Science, Technology and Engineering, the UGC NET is conducted with the purpose of selecting the candidates in the field of Commerce, Humanities and Arts.

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